I hope you’re bearing up in these surreal times. Try not to feel pressured to learn a new language or finish that novel or whatever weighs on your creative conscience. Interest will return when it will, the words will sing their siren song again. It just may take some time. Be kind to yourself. We’re all struggling.
While you adjust to our changing circumstances, don’t forget to feed your brain with some interesting stuff. Get your mental corn popping with thought Thursday 🙂
50 things we’ve learned in the 50 years since the first Earth Day. The Smithsonian Magazine
And, while Earth Day was last week, there’s no reason for you not to extend the celebration. Kaitlin Thomas lists 20 ground-breaking nature documentaries you should watch. TV Guide
It’s also the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s okay to be smart celebrates with a fly-through of some of the best images. And a lovely poem by Dr. Katie Mack!
Kristine Wen shows you how to cook and bake with lavender without making your food taste like grandma’s soap. Chow Hound
Kier Holmes explains how to use coffee grounds in your garden. Gardenista
Olivia Kelly is watching Dublin bloom: city thrives under new “wilding” policy. The Irish Times
Jelisa Castrodale reports on the 1,000-year-old mill that’s resumed production due to lack of flour. Food & Wine
Sarah Wells: tech eroded sleep quality in the 1800s. Can tech restore it now? About biphasic sleep, the advent of electricity, and sleep trackers. Inverse
Katie Falkingham reveals the strict and secret world of bicycle racing in Japan. BBC
Amanda Capritto says, this is the best time of day to exercise (backed by science). Spoiler: it’s any time you can bloody well fit it in 🙂 Cnet
Will Bardenwerper: army ranger school is a laboratory of human endurance. Outside Online
Riley Black explains why bats are one of evolution’s greatest puzzles. The Smithsonian Magazine
Zoe Denenberg wonders why dogs walk in circles before they lie down. Southern Living
Thanks for visiting. I hope you took away something to inspire your next creative project (even if it stays in percolation mode for a while).
Until next tipsday, be well and stay safe, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories.